Specialisation streams: Coastal and Marine Resource Management
Tropical Coastal and Marine Resource Management

This stream will provide students with the knowledge and skills in concepts, policies, tools and techniques necessary for fishery and coastal zone management, and with a clear appreciation of the transdisciplinary approach required to be either effective fishery and coastal zone managers or effective advisors and consultants to organisations whose activities impact on the coastal zone. Emphasis will be on Caribbean case studies, with ample opportunity for practical experience.

The four specialisation courses offered in this stream are:

ENVT 6122 Fisheries Biology and Management

This course introduces students to biological assessment techniques for fishery resources and focuses on management needs and a critical analysis of fishery management tools and their application to Caribbean fisheries.

Topics include: importance and state of world fishery resources and management; introduction to ocean biogeography and productivity patterns; traditional and genetic-based stock identification techniques; stock dynamics (growth, mortality, reproduction/recruitment rates of individuals and populations); introduction to yield prediction modelling and interpretation; framework of international law and fisheries policy; influence of NGOs and market demand (eco-labelling); prioritizing management goals and objectives; choice of management tools (quotas, gear restrictions, minimum size, limited entry, closed seasons, MPAs). Emphasis will be on tropical species and Caribbean case studies. (Go to Programme Overview)

ENVT 6123 Sustainable Tourism in the Coastal Zone

This course provides students with information and exposes them to resources and experiences through which they will develop analytical and practical skills for the efficient management of natural and cultural resources as part of the tourism product. It looks at the emergence of sustainable tourism and its use as a strategy for both development and conservation and critically assesses the elements of the tourism industry thereby evaluating possible directions for the future of sustainable tourism in the Caribbean.

Topics covered are: the historical development of tourism in the Caribbean; the social, economic and environmental impacts of tourism; the structure and sectors of the industry standards in the tourism industry; community-based tourism; heritage tourism; sports tourism and sustainable tourism. (Go to Programme Overview)
ENVT 6126 Coastal Dynamics and Management

This course examines the dynamics of principally critical abiotic coastal resources of the Caribbean with emphasis on the physical processes that shape them, and the linkages and interactions among them.

Topics will include: wind-generated waves and their properties, including refraction, diffraction and reflection; coastal erosion, transport, deposition and resultant geomorphologic features; the sediment budget and beach stability; and a review of coastal management tools examining their advantages and disadvantages.

These tools will include the use of water quality standards, coastal land use controls, coastal protection structures and approaches various approaches to integrated coastal zone management. (Go to Programme Overview)

ENVT 6127 Managing Coastal and Marine Resources and Biodiversity

This course gives students the essentials of oceanography with a focus on the Caribbean.  It then introduces students to the distribution, biology, ecology and dynamics of critical tropical coastal marine ecosystems (coral reefs, mangroves and seagrasses) with emphasis on the Caribbean.

The course will provide an understanding of the full suite of values and the key anthropogenic stressors of coral reefs and their associated ecosystems.  This will include an overview of their current status and possible future scenarios.  Students will discuss appropriate mitigation measures to address specific local stressors, and will review the pros and cons of ecosystem restoration techniques.

Students will gain hands on experience of the complexity of stakeholder integration and the multi-scale management interventions required to ensure conservation and long-term sustainable use of these coastal resources through a field trip focusing on an integrated ecosystem management approach. (Go to Programme Overview)